Europe suffers hottest summer in history — Analysis

According to the EU weather report, 2022’s summer will surpass all temperature records.

This year’s heat waves and subsequent droughts resulted in the hottest summer in recorded European history, according to a report by the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) – an EU-funded Earth observation agency.

C3S released its findings on Thursday. They found that temperatures averaged from June to august were 0.4% (32°F) warmer than in the previous summer (2021). The temperatures in Europe for August were 0.8 degrees Celsius higher than the record in 2018. This is 33 degrees Fahrenheit.

Also, the agency noted that August 2022 saw a lot more dry conditions than usual in many parts of Europe while southern Europe and Scandinavia were much wetter than normal.

“We’ve not only had record August temperatures for Europe, but also for the summer, with the previous summer record only being one year old,”Freja Vamborg (a Copernicus Climate Change Service Senior Scientist) said that.

This past August also marked the global joint-third warmest August, with an average temperature of 0.3 degrees Celsius (32° Fahrenheit) above the 1991-2025 average. 

EU Commission spokesperson Johannes Bahrke stated last month that this summer’s drought in Europe was the worst in at least the past 500 years, citing a report by the Joint Research Center, which suggested that 47% of Europe suffered a deficit of soil moisture.

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C3S previously stated that the seven most recent years were the hottest in recorded history.

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